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Matthew Jessner

Project Artistic Director, FDEG - “The House of Dancing Water”

Matthew Jessner, a dancer, singer and percussionist who has performed extensively all over Europe and the United States.

His theatrical career began as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet School; he performed works from the classical and neo classical Balletic repertory with the Oakland, Cleveland and Houston ballet companies in the United States from 1976 to 1986.

He was in the cast of three productions of the musical “Cats”;
  1. Vienna in 1986
  2. Paris in 1989 in the original French production in a lead singing role
  3. Antwerpen 1996 as both performer and Dance Captain
Matthew studied classical vocal technique, music theory and languages at a Musical Conservatory in Marseille, France from 1990 to 1993.

He worked as Assistant Choreographer for the Dutch Musical “Joe, the Musical” produced by Joop von den Ende Theater produkties in Amsterdam.

He was the artistic director for a Buena Vista International stage show based on “Mulan” in Madrid in 1998 with the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe.
And again with Disney as interim creative director for Special Events, Trade and Convention Shows in Disneyland Resort Paris.
He worked extensively in the full scale Casting of actors, dancers and specialty performers for the opening of the Walt Disney Studios in Paris.

Matthew was artistic director for the Cirque du Soleil touring show; “Saltimbanco” for over four years.
He joined the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group as Production Artistic Director for the entire creation and production on “The House of Dancing Water” in Macau, China.

With his 15 years of experience in professional theatre in high level artistic management and production roles, this French-American Artistic Director with an extensive and varied performance background is very accustomed to working in a multicultural environment and managed to build leadership skills and strong public speaking and media skills. He has also gained experience in delivering a show from concept to delivery, in hiring, developing and managing operations teams, and acquired a refined knowledge of specific writing related to contracts and policies.




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